The Invention Of Basketball Was Not An Accident Essay

1487 Words Apr 15th, 2016 6 Pages
“The invention of basketball was not an accident. It was developed to meet a need. Those boys simply would not play 'Drop the Handkerchief’”(James Naismith). The world of sports revolved around football and baseball in the 1800’s. At the time, there was a long break between sports in the winter time. There was nothing to do because all the main sports were played outside. When it got cold outside, a new sport was in the making to keep students and athletes in shape. Basketball was invented behind the idea of maintaining health during the winter for the YMCA college; it then blew up and spread like wildfire and started to be played all around the world by all ages.
HISTORY OF BASKETBALL Basketball is thought to have been played way back when the Olmec were in existence in Ancient Mexico about 500 years ago. The Aztec and Mayan also played a game similar to basketball only difference, they used the decapitated heads of their enemies instead of a ball. However, the first official game of basketball was played on January 20th, 1892 in Springfield, Massachusetts (Faurschou). Canadian doctor James Naismith was born in 1861 in Ramsay township, near Ontario, Canada. The concept of basketball was originated from Naismith 's childhood where he played a simple child 's game known as duck-on-a-rock outside his schoolhouse. The game involved attempting to knock an object off the top of a large rock by tossing another rock at it. Naismith went on to attend McGill…

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